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  • So much for NO mass appeal: Texas Tribune finds DEMOCRAT who likes Ted Cruz in NYC

    03/26/2015 9:32:39 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mar 26, 2015 | By The Right Scoop
    The Texas Tribune took to the streets of New York City, specifically Times Square, and asked random people what they thought of Ted Cruz. Many hadn’t heard of Ted Cruz, but he did find one admitted Democrat who said likes what she sees in Ted Cruz so far. Of course, there are others in the video who like Cruz and the rest are idiots.
  • New York Assembly Passes Bill Allowing Shooting Babies Through the Heart With Poison to Kill Them

    03/26/2015 4:17:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/25/15 | Steven Ertelt
    **SNIP** For years, the state legislature has been embroiled in a mulch-year battle over a package of bills designed to push the interests of women. The bills have been held up in part because it includes a measure that would promote late-term abortions in the Empire State. Despite strenuous support from pro-abortion Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the legislature has refused to pass the package of bills because of the abortion measure. The abortion bill would allow an abortion procedure that has abortionists shooting poison through the hearts of unborn children to kill them. Now, the state Assembly has approved part of...
  • Feminist Designer Hayat Rachi Launches 'Non-Sexy' Lingerie Brand

    03/26/2015 2:22:09 PM PDT · by drewh · 71 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | 3/24/15 | by KELLI SERIO
    Feminist Hayat Rachi says she’s fed up with lingerie that objectifies and sexualizes the female body and is launching a brand of more conservative lingerie, to counter the issue, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. Rachi’s Neon Moon collection plans to release its first line, titled Mon Dieo, soon, which is free of wiring or cleavage boosting padding and is designed for women of all body types, “including women who embrace pubic, leg and underarm hair.” In other words, Neon Moon will be about as risqué as it sounds. “Instead of succumbing to the body shaming, sexualized and objectifying...
  • Multiple Injuries Reported After Explosion, Collapse At East Village Building [NYC]

    03/26/2015 12:45:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    CBS NYC ^ | March 26, 2015 3:41 PM | sTAFF
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Emergency responders are rushing to the scene of an explosion at a building in Manhattan’s East Village. The collapse was reported at around 3:20 p.m. at 7th Street and Second Avenue Thursday afternoon. Multiple injuries have been reported, the Fire Department said. The collapse occurred at 125 Second Avenue, which is a residential and commercial building. Fire could be seen tearing through at least two buildings at the location. The fire quickly escalated to four alarms, according to the FDNY.
  • Clinton Camp Warns Us Not to Use Certain "Sexist" Words

    03/26/2015 11:55:57 AM PDT · by yoe · 85 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | March 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    he Clinton campaign has issued a list of words and terms to the Drive-By Media in the form of a threatening e-mail to a New York Times infobabe telling them, "These are the words you cannot use to describe Mrs. Clinton." One word that's not on the list is "cankles." I guess everybody in the media is free to use the word "cankles." ... [snip]Here are the words that the Hillary Clinton campaign sent out to the New York Times reporter Amy Chozick is telling her she can't use. "Polarizing." You may not use the word "polarizing" to describe Mrs....
  • How Do we Decide Who Is a ‘Real’ Candidate for President?

    03/26/2015 11:06:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Ted Cruz was not the first person to officially declare his presidential candidacy when he announced on Monday. Scores of people are running just as officially as the junior senator from Texas, as measured by their having filled out the proper form with the Federal Election Commission. So why do we consider Cruz a "real" candidate and those other 200-odd candidates not worth mentioning? Is it viability? Few people think Cruz has much of a shot at the Republican nomination. The Upshot's Nate Cohn makes the case against his doing so pretty concretely. We looked at the strength of his...
  • Happy Holidaze, from New York City

    03/26/2015 9:23:58 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 24, 2015 | Tony Perkins
    In New York City schools, kids are learning Rs: reading, writing, and Ramadan. Thanks to the far-Left priorities of Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), city schools have added two Muslim holidays to the school calendar — a concession that took even Big Apple parents by surprise. While the largest religion in the country fights to even be recognized, “NYC schools will now close for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha — making (it) the largest school district in the nation to recognize the two holidays on the official school calendar.” Although families already had the option of taking excused absences for...
  • Video shows 8th-graders assault 1st-graders at Queens school

    03/26/2015 4:39:51 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | march 26, 2015 | JOHN MARZULLI, BEN CHAPMAN, CORKY SIEMASZKO
    When a Queens first-grader refused to join their public school fight club, a group of “twisted sisters” who were supposed to be tutoring her made the little girl pay. The mother of 7-year-old Taniya Jules claims in court papers that her daughter was pounded by a pack of eighth-graders for refusing to battle a classmate — and then dragged by the hair down the hallway of her school and slammed into the walls. -snip Two other first-grade girls and a boy were also victimized, Gore said, by a fearsome foursome that was supposed to be tutoring the kids as part...
  • Steve King to Steve Israel: Face Me 'Man to Man' on Mideast

    03/25/2015 4:20:31 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Bill Hoffmann
    Rep. Steve King says Rep. Steve Israel twisted his comments about Democratic support for Israel, and tells Newsmax TV that the New York Democrat should face him "man to man." "Sure he is [distorting]," King, an Iowa Republican, said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. ow "He demanded an apology in a tweet, and he also demanded that the Republican Party repudiate me. "I just tweeted back and said that's the kind of request that he should make eye-to-eye and man-to-man."
  • Homeland Security watchdog faults visa official for helping insiders (Clinton, Reid, McAuliffe)

    03/25/2015 1:44:51 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | By Joseph Tanfani
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department intervened several times in projects with connections to insiders, including Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a report issued by the department's watchdog Tuesday. Alejandro Mayorkas, while head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, created an "appearance of favoritism" in a program that offers visas to wealthy foreigners willing to invest in American companies, the report says, though it stops short of saying Mayorkas was guilty of wrongdoing. More than 15 whistle-blowers came forward to complain that Mayorkas was giving special treatment to...
  • Ivy League Dean Welcomes ISIS Club To Campus [UNDERCOVER VIDEO]

    03/25/2015 2:19:36 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/25/15 | Eric Owens
    In the latest undercover sting operation from investigative filmmaker James O’Keefe, an assistant dean at Cornell University has advised a journalist posing as a Moroccan student all about how to launch a campus club with the express intent of supporting ISIS. The Ivy League administrator, Joseph Scaffido, also provides counsel on how to fund the pro-Islamist militant club so it can send “care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics” to ISIS and Hamas — both terrorist organizations, according to the State Department. Scaffido even lays out how the club can bring an ISIS “freedom fighter to come and do...
  • ‘Who the hell wrote that’? NYT’s hot take on Bergdahl is ‘freaking unbelievable’

    03/25/2015 12:55:21 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 03/25/2015 | Twitchy Staff
  • Letterman: Ted Cruz Appealing to 'Extreme Right-Wing' of GOP

    03/25/2015 12:38:18 PM PDT · by drewh · 65 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 25, 2015 | 12:20 PM EDT | By Kyle Drennen
    Discussing the presidential bid of Senator Ted Cruz with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday's CBS Late Show, host David Letterman described the Texas Republican motivating "extreme" supporters: "...he announced at Liberty College [sic], which is Jerry Fallwell's place.... And that was, of course, purposeful, because he wanted to establish his – the base, the core of the extreme right-wing part of the Republican Party." O'Reilly pushed back: "I don't know if he's that extreme. He went to Harvard. You know, he's a senator. He's certainly a unapologetic conservative traditional man." Letterman began the exchange by asking: "What do...
  • Media Hail Monica Lewinsky: New Feminist Icon?

    03/25/2015 12:06:16 PM PDT · by drewh · 42 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 24, 2015 | 4:20 PM EDT | By Kristine Marsh
    Despite the fact that feminists attacked Monica Lewinsky during the Clinton-era, calling her “slutty” and a “trashy bimbo” among other things, feminists are now embracing her as an “inspiring” figure against the tide of “slut-shaming.” The change of tune came after Lewinsky gave an interview to Vanity Fair last year, where she called feminists out for attacking her in the 90s. Jessica Bennett wrote a piece on Lewinsky in the Style section of The New York Times, March 19, describing the phenomenon: "Feminists who had stayed silent on the first go-round were suddenly defending her, using terms like “slut-shaming” and...
  • Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video

    03/25/2015 4:18:22 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 52 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03.25.15 | Carl Campanile
    This guy is either the dumbest Ivy League bigwig ever or politically correct to a fault — for welcoming offers to bring ISIS and Hamas to Cornell University. A video sting operation shows Cornell’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, agreeing to everything suggested by an undercover muckraker posing as a Moroccan student. Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS “freedom fighter’’ to conduct a “training camp” for students at the upstate Ithaca campus — bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp. Is it OK to bring a humanitarian pro-“Islamic State Iraq and Syria” group on campus, the undercover for...
  • Asians beware - Top marks largely go to Asians. Bill de Blasio wants to change the exams

    03/24/2015 10:00:53 PM PDT · by Cronos · 176 replies
    The Economist ^ | 14.Mar.2015 | Economist
    ..New York has nine specialised high schools, of which eight admit students using the city’s Specialist High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). The education they offer rivals that of private schools that charge $40,000 a year. The high schools are free. The most popular, Stuyvesant, sends roughly 25% of its graduates to the Ivy League or other top colleges. The school’s unofficial mantra is “Sleep, study, socialise: pick two.” It admits 4% of test-takers, pickier than Harvard.New York’s Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio thinks the SHSAT favours parents who can afford tutors. He wants to “broaden” (ie, relax) the admissions criteria,...
  • New York City limits juice in day cares

    03/24/2015 10:44:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 32 replies
    MyFoxNY ^ | Mar 24, 2015 | LUKE FUNK
    Health officials in New York City are cutting the amount of just (juice) that can be served in day care centers and raising the age of children who can drink it. In new rules published this week, the Health Code limits the amount of juice a child can drink a day at 4 ounces. The old rules allowed 6 ounces a day. Children must now also be 2-years-old to be served juice. The old rules allowed children as young as 8-months old to be served juice. The city cites USDA recommendations that the majority of a child's recommended fruit servings...
  • Ferguson Remembered, New York Less So

    03/24/2015 7:09:28 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 6, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Universities are still trying to make a teachable moment out of the tragedy which occurred in Ferguson, Missouri last summer but considerably less so of the death of sidewalk vendor Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD that also occurred last year. “Catholic University law professor Clifford Fishman is using the cases to teach the pros and cons of grand juries,” Lisa Grace Lednicer reported in The Washington Post magazine on February 22, 2015.” Last semester, he argued in class that the grand jury perhaps was right to not indict the officer who killed [Michael] Brown, but wrong to...
  • Frank Marshall Davis: Obama’s ‘Communist mentor’? (3 Pinocchios to Giuliani)

    03/23/2015 3:15:02 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | Michelle Ye Hee Lee
    Giuliani: Well, his — his grandfather introduced him to Frank Marshall Davis, who was a Communist. Readers of The Fact Checker wanted to know if Giuliani’s comments were accurate. So we reached out to Cliff Kincaid, president of America’s Survival, a group that seeks to expose Communist and Marxist influences. The Pinocchio Test We carefully considered the facts underlying this assertion, and the evidence is slim. We may never definitively know one way or another, but it is time to put it to rest. Three Pinocchios
  • Izola Ware Curry, Who Stabbed (Martin Luther) King in 1958, Dies at 98

    03/23/2015 3:04:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 21, 2015 | MARGALIT FOX
    Izola Ware Curry, the mentally ill woman who in 1958 stabbed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a Harlem book signing — an episode that a decade later would become a rhetorical touchstone in the last oration of his life — died on March 7 in Queens. She was 98. Ms. Curry died in a nursing home, the last stop in the series of institutions that had been her home for more than half a century. Her death, confirmed by the office of the chief medical examiner of New York City, was first reported by The Smoking Gun,...
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EDT,WOR AM,March 23-27,2015

    03/23/2015 11:43:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | March 23-27, 2015 | Sean Hannity
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  • School achieves huge bump in graduation rate by just passing everyone

    03/23/2015 10:48:12 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 23,2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Looks like somebody may have finally come up with a better system than Common Core. John Dewey High School in Brooklyn, New York was having a lot of trouble with their numbers. Not enough students were graduating, and that’s bad for business. But rather than messing around with the tedious business of trying to motivate the students and their parents or examine how effective the teachers actually are, they clearly had one of those, wow, I could have had a V-8 moments. In 2009 they were only graduating 56% of their students. But by 2013 – just five short years...
  • Shaheen vs. women: Her loathsome sex trafficking vote

    03/23/2015 6:05:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Union Leader ^ | March 21. 2015
    U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen shamed herself with a vote that no one in New Hampshire should ever forget. That day, to her eternal discredit, she voted against a bill to help sex trafficking victims - on the order of her biggest campaign donor. The bill was the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Act. Among its bipartisan list of cosponsors are Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The bill would create a sex trafficking victim assistance fund, financed by revenue from criminal fines. Just before the bill was to come up for a vote, the abortion...
  • Congress Seeks to Cut Off Taxpayer Funding For Iran Deal

    03/21/2015 6:50:20 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | March 20, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Move to eliminate all U.S. funding for diplomacy with Iran Congressional leaders have begun pressuring their colleagues to cut off all U.S. funding for the ongoing talks with Iran over its contested nuclear program as the Obama administration rushes to hash out the details of a deal in the coming months, according to multiple sources and a letter that will be sent next week to appropriators in the House of Representatives. With the deadline approaching, congressional Republicans have been exasperated by the Obama administration’s efforts to prevent them from having any oversight over the deal.
  • Body found in New Jersey river identified as missing Wall Street Journal reporter

    03/20/2015 6:37:31 AM PDT · by jonatron · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/20/15 | Christina Corbin
    A body found in a New Jersey river is that of missing Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird, who disappeared more than a year ago, authorities announced Thursday. Bird's remains were pulled from the Passaic River by dive teams Wednesday about a mile from where he vanished -- on the border of Morris and Somerset counties. Bird, an avid hiker and father of two, was last seen by his family on Jan. 11, 2014, as he was leaving his Long Hill Township, N.J., home to go on a walk.
  • WABC-TV's Lisa Colagrossi dies; former Cleveland anchor suffered aneurysm (49yr old Mother of 2)

    03/21/2015 4:04:36 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Cleveland Plains Dealer ^ | March 21, 2015
    New York City television anchor and Strongsville native Lisa Colagrossi died Friday after suffering a brain aneurysm a day earlier. Colagrossi, 49, who anchored weekend morning news for NBC station WKYC-TV (Channel 3) in Cleveland in the early 1990s, became ill while on a reporting assignment for WABC-TV. She was also a morning anchor for the station. The station confirmed her death early Saturday in a lengthy tribute. Earlier, a Twitter post by anchor Sade Baderinwa said "hearts are broken" at the station over Colagrossi's death.
  • 7 kids killed in tragic Brooklyn blaze

    03/21/2015 2:08:10 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 21, 2015 | Larry Celona, Aaron Feis and Josh Saul
    Seven children, ages 5-15, were killed in a raging fire that destroyed a Brooklyn home early Saturday morning, law-enforcement sources said. The mother of at least three of the children, and one other youngster, were critically injured. The fire started at 12:23 a.m. in the brick home on Bedford Avenue between avenues L and M in Midwood. FDNY firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze while Hatzolah and other paramedics frantically worked to keep the victims alive. “Two of the children weren’t breathing when they brought them out. The firefighters were running with them down the street on stretchers,” said a...
  • Where in the world is Hillary Clinton’s server?

    03/20/2015 4:51:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3-20-15 | Noah Rothman
    It was less than two weeks ago that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured the nation that her “homebrew” email server was safely secure in her home in Chappaqua, New York. She insisted that the hardware was fortified behind a locked door and had a Secret Service detail mentoring it night and day, as though the greatest security threat that system faced was via a physical attack by a team of cartoonish cat burglars. Nevertheless, Clinton insisted that the safeguards around the email system she constructed out of “convenience” were “effective and secure.” She added that “there were no...
  • Charade Dishonors Saint Patrick and Parade

    03/20/2015 6:12:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies
    HLI ^ | 03.17.15 | Fr. Peter West
    In Boston and New York, persons with same-sex inclinations representing gay activist groups are marching openly for the first time in Saint Patrick’s Day parades after years of lobbying and court battles. In Boston, two LGBT groups have been invited to participate in the parade “honoring” Saint Patrick – Out Vets and Boston Pride. In New York, Out@NBC-Universal will be allowed to march in the parade for the first time.These groups reject Catholic teaching on the immorality of homosexual acts and advocate for same-sex “marriage.” The Church is on the defensive, and Church leaders are concerned about appearing intolerant. Of course,...
  • The prescience of Pat Moynihan

    03/20/2015 2:58:11 PM PDT · by TBP · 23 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 15, 2015 | 7:57pm | George F. Will
    Perhaps the decisive factors in combating poverty and enabling upward mobility were not economic but cultural — the habits, mores and dispositions that equip individuals to take advantage of opportunities. This was dismaying because governments know how to alter incentives and remove barriers but not how to manipulate culture. The assumption that the condition of the poor must improve as macroeconomic conditions improve was to be refuted by a deepened understanding of the crucial role of the family as the primary transmitter of the social capital essential for self-reliance and betterment. Family structure is the primary predictor of social outcomes,...
  • New York High School Tells Kids to Pledge Allegiance to “One Nation Under Allah.”

    03/20/2015 7:12:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/20/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    What a Nation under Allah looks like Who needs ISIS when you’ve got lefty educrats with the same agenda? Making some parents furious, a Pine Bush, New York high school courted controversy by teaching kids to recite our national Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic even changing “one nation under god” to “one nation under Allah.”The morning’s regularly scheduled announcements included the Arabic reading of the pledge. According to students, the announcement was greeted by catcalls and angry denunciations in classrooms throughout the school by students who felt the reading was inappropriate.The reading became the subject of angry talk throughout the...
  • New lawsuit claims Cornell wrongly expelled male student for ‘clearly consensual’ sex

    03/20/2015 12:47:49 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 25 replies
    The Ithaca Voice ^ | 03.20.15 | Jeff Stein
    Ithaca, N.Y. — A new lawsuit filed Thursday against Cornell claims the university wrongly expelled a male student for what was “clearly consensual” sex. The former student, a senior at Cornell, was found guilty of sexual misconduct by the university’s judicial system after an encounter with a female student in December 2013, according to the lawsuit. There is no indication criminal charges were ever pursued. The male student is referred to throughout the lawsuit under the pseudonym “John Doe.” He was expelled in May 2014, shortly before his graduation, and has had his diploma withheld and his reputation “tarnished” as...
  • Gotham ‘gun shop’ appears as ruse to preach anti-firearm message (Manhattan NYC)

    03/19/2015 11:23:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 19, 2015 | (With Perry Chiaramonte)
    A “gun shop” that suddenly appeared in the heart of Manhattan last week only to close its doors after two days was actually an elaborate ruse by a pro-gun control group that sought to lure potential customers in order to make their anti-firearms case. States United to Prevent Gun Violence set up the “Guns with History Gun Shop” on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and pretended to offer for sale guns used in high-profile crimes. The phony sales pitches were really part of a “social experiment”—pretexts for telling customers about the dangers of gun proliferation in unconsummated transactions recorded by hidden...
  • Grassley questions agency's $10,000 conference table purchase [ asset forfeitures ]

    03/19/2015 5:05:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    wash examiner ^ | March 18, 2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    A federal whistleblower claims a division of the Department of Justice is using money from asset forfeitures to pay for custom wallpaper, artwork, crown moldings and chair rails in its offices. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia A. Hylton to answer claims about how the Asset Forfeiture Division spent forfeited money, including a report that more than $10,000 was used to purchase a single conference room table. "If so, what was the cost and why was a less expensive table not considered?"
  • One nation under Allah: Fury after school recites pledge in Arabic

    03/19/2015 4:17:08 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 19, 2015 | By Todd Starnes
    Students at Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, New York, knew right away there was something not quite right about the Pledge of Allegiance. That’s because the pledge was being recited in Arabic. “One nation under Allah,” the student body president announced over the intercom system on Wednesday. Reaction in the upstate New York high school was swift, and so was the backlash, The Times Herald-Record reports. Furious students tried to shout down the recitation in their classrooms. Other students sat down in protest. School Superintendent Joan Carbone told the newspaper that the Arabic pledge “divided the school in...
  • Obama May Find It Impossible to Mend Frayed Ties to Netanyahu

    03/19/2015 12:08:00 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 42 replies
    nytimes ^ | MARCH 18, 2015 | HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel had a poisonous relationship long before Mr. Netanyahu swept to victory on Tuesday night in elections watched minute-by-minute at the White House. But now that Mr. Netanyahu has won after aggressively campaigning against a Palestinian state and Mr. Obama’s potential nuclear deal with Iran, the question is whether the president and prime minister can ever repair their relationship — and whether Mr. Obama will even try. On Wednesday, part of the answer seemed to be that the president would not make the effort. In strikingly strong criticism, the White...
  • The most important thing you need to know about the Israeli election

    03/18/2015 1:52:35 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 15 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | March 18, 20015 | David Bernstein
    Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s initial hope for a more stable coalition, and the Israeli left’s later hope that it would score an upset, the balance of power in the Israeli Knesset is almost exactly the same as it was after the last elections in 2013: 2013: Likud+Lieberman+Bennett = 43 (right-wing Zionist bloc) 2015: Likud+Lieberman+Bennett = 43 2013: Labor+Meretz+Tzipi = 27 (left-wing Zionist bloc) 2015: Labor+Tzipi+Meretz = 28 2013: Lapid+Kadima = 21 (centrist Zionist bloc) 2015: Lapid+Kahlon = 21 2013: Haredim = 18 (Ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties) 2015: Haredim = 14 2013: Arabs (divided) = 11 (Arab parties) 2015: Arabs (united)...
  • Why this Manhattan gun store didn’t actually sell guns

    03/18/2015 1:38:59 PM PDT · by matt04 · 48 replies
    Last week, sandwiched between a row of shops and apartments, you may have noticed that a store hawking firearms miraculously opened for two days on Manhattan’s Lower East Side Had you ventured inside and asked the gruff-sounding owner whether you could take a closer look at, say, a revolver, you probably would have encountered the following sales pitch: “…this revolver, it’s the easiest gun we have to use. It’s our most popular one. It’s a 22-caliber, six-inch revolver,” the clerk begins. “It’s also a gun that a five-year-old found in his parents’ bedroom, went down and shot his nine-month-old baby...
  • Netanyahu Soundly Defeats Chief Rival in Israeli Elections

    03/18/2015 2:51:05 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 103 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/17/15 | Jodi Rudoren
    TEL AVIV — After a bruising campaign focused on his failings, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel won a clear victory in Tuesday’s elections and seemed all but certain to form a new government and serve a fourth term, though he offended many voters and alienated allies in the process. With 99.5 percent of the ballots counted, the YNet news site reported Wednesday morning that Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud Party had captured 29 or 30 of the 120 seats in Parliament, sweeping past his chief rival, the center-left Zionist Union alliance, which got 24 seats.
  • It Really Happened! [Catholic Cardinal Archbishop Leads Gay Pride Parade]

    03/17/2015 7:55:37 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 94 replies
    YouTube ^ | 170315 | Church Militant
    Cardinal Dolan Dishonors St. Patrick - Gays March Past Cathedral
  • Israelis Flock to New York’s JFK’s Airport for Flights Home to Vote

    03/17/2015 11:25:38 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 22 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | Staff
    New York’s John F. Kennedy airport was bustling with Israelis this morning who were seeking to catch flights home. For many, their goal was to make it back in time to vote in the general elections being held today, Israel’s NRG reported on Tuesday. While for some their flight home today is just a coincidence, today’s elections are the main topic of discussion among the travelers in the terminal. Some of the travelers even joked that a debate could be held in the airport, with representatives from all parties, according to the report. One couple, David and Betty Gordon, told...
  • Most N.Y. Marketplace Plans Lack Any Coverage For Out-Of-Network Care

    03/17/2015 3:41:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Michelle Andrews
    More than a dozen insurers offer plans on the New York health insurance marketplace. But despite being spoiled for choice in many ways, there’s one popular feature that most New Yorkers can’t find in any of the health plans offered on their state exchange: out-of-network coverage. Except for offerings by a few insurers in far western New York and the Albany area, the only options available elsewhere in the state, including the entire New York City metro area, are plans that cover care provided only by doctors and hospitals in the plan’s network. People who go out of network for...
  • Could Obama Bypass the Supreme Court? (George Wallace Would be Proud)

    03/17/2015 12:09:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 17, 2015 | William Baude
    IT is time to talk about President Obama’s contingency plan for health care. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments earlier this month in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the provision of tax credits on federal insurance exchanges. While the legal issues are dry lawyers’ fare — how to interpret several interconnected phrases of the Affordable Care Act — the practical stakes are high. The government estimates that millions of Americans will be left without affordable health insurance if it loses. While the administration may well prevail, it has expressed remarkable pessimism about its options if it does lose. The...
  • New York goes high-tech to detect gunfire amid rise in shootings

    03/17/2015 6:32:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 3/16/2015 | Sebastien Malo
    New York City police are employing a high-tech system to pinpoint gunfire amid an uptick in shootings in the nation's largest city, officials said on Monday. With the installation of the tracking system, ShotSpotter, New York continues its foray into technology-assisted policing, which recently equipped New York Police Department officers with body cameras, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton told a news conference.
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EDT,WOR AM,March 16-20,2015

    03/16/2015 12:25:52 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | March 16-20, 2015 | Sean Hannity
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  • Carville: Clinton challengers wasting their time (Hussein 'has damaged the Democratic Party')

    03/15/2015 12:22:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/15/15 | Kyle Balluck
    James Carville said in an interview broadcast Sunday that it would be a waste of time for any Democrat to challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016. “I’ve had maybe three people come up to me and say, ‘Well, I’m for somebody else other than Hillary,’ “ the Democratic strategist told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970 in New York. “And I know I run into more Democrats in more places than maybe anybody else in the United States,” he added. “Of course, Senator [Jim] Webb and Governor [Martin] O’Malley can say anything they want. But, in terms...
  • NY POST: VALERIE JARRETT LEAKED HILLARY’S PRIVATE EMAIL USE TO PRESS

    03/15/2015 5:57:42 AM PDT · by lbryce · 94 replies
    Breibart ^ | March 14, 2015 | Katie Mchugh
    Vengeful Obama confidante Valeria Jarrett went through back channels to leak Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to the press, an explosive new report reveals. The New York Post‘s Edward Klein reports that a source familiar with Bill Clinton said that the former president told him: “The Obamas are out to get us any way they can.” Jarrett blamed the Democratic party’s 2014 midterm losses on the Clintons’ insinuations that Obama’s unpopular policies, including executive amnesty for foreigners gobbling up American jobs, made the president an “albatross” around the reigning party’s neck. Jarrett, Obama, and Obama’s wife greeted...
  • Teen turns herself in over attack video at McDonald's in New York

    03/15/2015 7:57:29 AM PDT · by bgill · 99 replies
    yahoo via Reuters ^ | March 14, 2015 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    The video shows a group of girls punching another girl as a cheering crowd encircles them at a McDonald's in Brooklyn. The young woman attacked at the McDonald's falls to the ground and is kicked and stomped. On Friday, police arrested 17-year-old Tilani Marshall and a 15-year-old girl whose name is not being released because of her age, said a New York Police Department spokeswoman. The girls face charges of robbery and gang assault in the second degree, and another person connected to the attack was arrested on Friday in Atlanta, she said. Atlanta police spokesman Ralph Woolfolk in an...
  • New York Fire Dept., Diversifying Ranks, Is Set to Swear In First Lesbian Chaplain

    03/14/2015 8:47:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2015 | Tatiana Schlossberg
    Maybe it is her short, spiky hair, or the cigarettes, which she gives to the men repairing the wiring in her Brooklyn apartment. Maybe it is because she swears. For whatever reason, the Rev. Ann Kansfield does not fit the stereotype of a minister. Not that she is worried about meeting anyone’s expectations for what a clergywoman should say or do. “We shouldn’t have to hide ourselves or worry about being judged,” Ms. Kansfield, who ministers at the Greenpoint Reformed Church, said. In her newest ministry, that self-assuredness is likely to serve her well. Ms. Kansfield, 39, is to...
  • Rudy Giuliani: Obama Is to Blame for Ferguson Police Shootings – He Sets the Tone for the Nation

    03/13/2015 8:46:00 PM PDT · by cutty · 55 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 13, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani says President Barack Obama is to blame for the police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, and other disturbing events because he sets the tone for the nation. ... Giuliani also says Obama should say the kinds of things comedian Bill Cosby used to say before he was accused of sexual assault, which Cosby denies. Cosby often exhorted black people to focus on education and parenting.